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Meet Trailblazer Lolita Mendoza Castaneda

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lolita Mendoza Castaneda.

Lolita, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve had a fascination with words since I was a little girl. I’ve also had a deep love for anything that can inspire emotion or intense reactions in people. So, art of any kind has always been an interest of mine. I love the quote “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” Anything that can shake us out of our daily routines and remind us that we are powerful authentic individuals makes me feel alive. I’ve mingled in all kinds of performing art. When it was time for college, I had planned on studying creative writing, but to my surprise at the very last second, I chose to major in music. In February of this year, I released my first solo song “Toda Mi Gente” which translates to (All My People). It is a Spanglish pop song about gun violence and police brutality. It’s gotten an amazing response, and I am very excited to see where my wild heart takes me from here.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s rarely a smooth ride for anyone, let alone an artist lol. My advice to young women who are starting their journey would be to embrace the downs just as much as they do the ups. Any obstacle I’ve had on my journey has proved to be a powerful opportunity for growth, as cleché as it may sound. I had a dream one time that I was walking down a dirt road and my feet were bleeding so I stopped at a rock to sit down and take a break when I sat down a woman started to poke me with a stick relentlessly. She told me whether I chose to walk the path or sit down I would have to face difficulties, and so I might as well choose my path and walk it with full presence and intentionality. This dirt road “the path of the artist” it’s not always easy, but I choose it over any other. I would also advise young women to tap into their uniqueness to always choose authenticity.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I am an artist, I am an activist, I am a truth seeker, I am a lover, I am. I use my art as a platform to connect with my community. I’ve done work with youth empowerment organizations such as Vocal Coalition, Move Mountains Youth Project, Take Note Colorado, & others. I am grateful and proud that my first single has done so well currently it has reached over 100k views on YouTube and over 60k streams on Spotify. I am myself unapologetically and I strive to be my true authentic self at all times, and because there is only one of me, that is what sets me apart from others.

Which women have inspired you in your life?
My mom Patricia for putting herself first and giving me and my siblings the example that self-love should be our first love. My grandma Dolores, for her strength and determination to raise a healthy happy family regardless of the obstacles. My grandma Cruzita for having unshakable joy despite a very challenging life. My sister Stephanie, for her big heart and for opening my eyes to a deeper more fulfilling understanding of the world. My nieces Lailah & Alina, for reminding me that I too am still a child and the world is filled with wonder. My Cousin Jennifer for being herself unapologetically in a very judgmental world. My friend Fatima for her resilience and humanitarian heart. Shirley Romero Otero, for her activism and warrior soul. Aja Black from the Reminders, Jen Korte, Shelly Rollison, Connie from Ivory Circle, Bianca Mikahn, & all the amazing local artists out of Colorado that I’ve had the chance to meet and work with. Auset Eyowaku, Greta Thunberg, Missy Elliott, Celia Cruz, Selena Quintanilla Perez, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Sade, Erykah Badu, Willow Smith, Lauren Hill, The list can literally go on forever lol!

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Image Credit:
The personal image was taken by (Owen Trujillo of Enlightofme), The image of me performing was taken by (Imprint)

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